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Crock-Pot 3.5L Slow Cooker Polished Stainless Steel Finish
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
I had been considering buying a slow cooker for some time but didn't know very much about them until my daughter-in-law invited us to dinner and was using hers. I decided to purchase the Crockpot as it was small enough for just the two of us but also large enough to cook a big enough meal if we had visitors.

I have not been disappointed with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy life. I've found the best way is to prepare everything the night before and refrigerate it before popping it all into the slow cooker in the morning. The only downside I have found is that you have to use it on the high setting for one hour initially before turning it down to low, so it does mean you either have to be very organised, (which I'm not), or you would have to be prepared to stay around for an extra hour in the morning before leaving home in order to turn the machine down to low. Not sure if they are all like this but my best guess is that they probably are.

It's wonderful to know that whilst your're out working, shopping or having fun your evening meal is cooking away and will be ready when you get home. It's also a very welcoming aroma to come home to on a cold winters day and knowing that you only have to pop the potatoes on to boil is an added bonus (thats assuming you didn't include them in your crockpot meal). All in all its a very versatile machine which can be used for cooking a variety of dishes, although you are warned not to add spices at the beginning of cooking because this way of cooking can add to the spiciness of the dish, so they suggest adding them nearer to ending the cooking process. I've not found this though, however I've not tried cooking curries and overly spiced dishes in it yet.

The pot itself is dishwasher proof, and oven proof, however the lid is only dishwasher safe so you can't put the pot in the oven with its lid on, but that's easily overcome with some tin foil. Though I can't really see why you would need to put it in the oven as you can leave the machine on the 'keep warm' setting if you're not quite ready to eat once it is cooked.

All in all very good value for money and highly recommended. Thank you Amazon for your usual wonderful service.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I bought this slow cooker some while ago and have used it now for quite a number of times. But it does not deserve the name "slow cooker". Usually a meal would cook in a slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours on the "low" setting. You can not do it that way with this cooker, it boils merrily after at most 3 to 4 hours. So, to avoid overcooking, you have to shorten cooking times to 2/3 to 1/2 of the usual cooking time in a slow cooker even at the "low" setting.
That makes it unusable if you want to prepare your meal in the morning and have it ready when you get back in the evening after work. I wouldn't do this with this not-so-slow cooker. I have several other slow cookers from other manufacturers, none of them cooks that fast or with visible boiling. I'd expect a slow cooker to prepare the food just below boiling point, so an occasional bubble here or there may be OK, but this thing boils quite like a regular pot on a low heat stove.
It works fine if you do want to simmer your food and prepare it in a shorter time, like other slow cookers do on a "high" setting. But for real slow cooking, get another cooker.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2012
easy and cheap to use. good quality, does as it is supposed to do very well! I am pleased I bought it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2012
Cheesy title yes, but this little beauty is excellent. Easy to use with the added bonus of the finish of the actual pot being non-stick its a dream to wash up. No more scrubbing and soaking pans. Don't know how I lived without it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2012
Made the most delicious beef stew. It replaced a slow cooker which we had for years, but this one is much better constructed and has more facilities.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2012
It's a great crock pot, but if I were to buy another one I would go for one with a timer function, flexible cooking time and an indicator light.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2013
Excellent slow-cooker which does what it says it will do. Beef stew is tender and delicious, with the meat falling apart and the root vegetables well-cooked but not disintegrated. I put mine on at 8.30 on slow when I leave for work and it's ready when I get in at five. I then thicken it with gravy granules, give it a stir and turn it up to high for a little while to thicken, and then turn it down to the 'keep warm' setting till we're ready to eat around 7.00pm.

I wish it came with a recipe book, but it doesn't really matter as there are loads of recipes online for slow cookers. My only gripe is the plastic handle on the lid: you can't re-heat food for the next day in the slow cooker, so I have to transfer the second day's stew into a saucepan to re-heat. If the handle on the lid was metal I could just bung it in the oven in the ceramic crock pot to reheat in the oven like a normal casserole.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2012
bought to replace old crock pot,hope it lasts as long as the old one its working just as the old one used to and it looks a lot nicer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
I am very disappointed with this cooker as it doesn't 'slow cook' properly, but boils in a way I might expect from the high temperature setting. I have used it a number of times, but wouldn't like to go out and leave it and food only needs the length of time I would expect from the high setting despite carefully setting on low. The high setting merely boils a little sooner so they have not been reversed. I only bought a new one because my 30 year old crock-pot which works very well does not have a removable inside for washing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2013
I bought this one for my mom and dad. They don`t need bigger. It is perfect for 1 chicken, still space for vegetables.
Cooks great! No burning or boiling like other cookers. Energy saving tool. My parents love it and since they have it they never use the conventional oven. They are working people, so cook over night, than swich to keep worm mode for when they come for lunch. Usually they have leftovers for next day - 2 meals. It is good for 2 or 4 people.
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